Master Class – Donny McCaslin: Recommended Tools for Improvisation

Master Class – Donny McCaslin: Recommended Tools for Improvisation

Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Western States Art Federation Two time Grammy nominee and Santa Cruz native Donny McCaslin will share ideas on how improvisers can build their skills from a melodic and rhythmic perspective. Donny will draw on his years of experience as a performer and educator and will be giving examples that players of any level will be able to use. Participants are encouraged to bring pen and paper, and any and all questions are welcome. Donny currently teaches at the New England Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music and has toured and performed with Maria Schneider, the Gil Evans Project, Danilo Perez, Steps Ahead, Gary Burton, and many others. FREE Doors: 6:30 pm...
Donny McCaslin’s Fast Future

Donny McCaslin’s Fast Future

“… original, adventurous and engaging all at once…” – Something Else Reviews Saxophonist Donny McCaslin is not one to tread water. Constantly evolving, Santa Cruz native McCaslin is very much in the forefront of contemporary music expanding the boundaries of jazz. His latest recording, Fast Future, is a follow-up to his 2014 Grammy-nominated, Casting for Gravity that pulls the worlds of jazz and electronica (EDM) together into energetic, acoustic/electronic soundscapes comprised of otherworldly melodies and driving rhythms – the shape of jazz to come for the 21st century. Donny’s current group is an excellent lineup of musicians that includes Jason Lindner on keyboards; Matt Clohesy on bass; and Mark Guiliana on drums. $25/Advance $30/Door  (admission tax and service charge additional) Doors and dinner at 6:30 pm Sponsored by Logos Books & Records Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Western States Art Federation www.donnymccaslin.com              ...
Donny McCaslin Group

Donny McCaslin Group

Monday, March 4, 7:00 PM Donny McCaslin Group $20/Adv $23/Door Doors and dinner at 6:00 PM “… heavy gauge but hyper-articulate jazz-rock…” – New York Times Donny McCaslin’s steady rise, from young saxophone tyro – touring with vibraphone legend Gary Burton in the early ’90s – to world-class performer, is no surprise to anyone who witnessed his playing when he was a teenaged musician growing up in Santa Cruz.  Now, with his tenth album, Casting for Gravity, McCaslin puts forth an energetic, acoustic/electronic soundscape comprised of otherworldly melodies underscored with driving rhythms, a 21st century vision for the shape of jazz to come. Donny’s current group is an excellent lineup of musicians that includes keyboardist Jason Lindner, bassist Tim Lefebvre, and drummer Nate Smith....